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Workplace Cultural Competency

Workplace equity by design

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Specialization Description

DEI through the lens of HR leaders

Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace has become the priority in organizations committed to an organizational culture where all people can prosper. In the Workplace Cultural Competency specialization, we explore ways to identify and correct systemic issues, help leaders drive strategic initiatives, that support cultural and systemic change.

We work with tools for effective intercultural global business practices and help you guide executives and managers to recognize obstacles, build equitable systems, and implement DEI initiatives that positively impact the bottom line of an organization.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the HR role in leading DEI initiatives.
  • Identify and correct systematic issues prevailing negative impact on organizational culture.
  • Learn to track DEI initiatives that support workforce engagement and productivity.
  • Prevent misunderstands that could lead to formal grievances.
  • Assist leaders with the implementation of DEI initiatives.
  • Apply research-based strategies to intercultural business activities.
  • Coach employees through cultural transitions.
  • Strategize use of cultural resources.
  • Conduct effective conflict resolution meetings.
  • Identify and understand different perspectives and approaches to the study of conflict.
  • Integrate conflict resolution into various organizational cultures.
  • Recognize mediator and party biases and cultural differences in a resolution process.
  • Implement the optimal mediation style for a dispute
  • Understand the mediation process when participating in an EEOC mediation

Employment opportunities

  • People business partners
  • DEI program managers
  • HR professionals
  • Managers

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $1,985
Required Credits: 6.5 credits
Duration: A student can complete this specialization in 6–9 months.


1. Required Course(s): Three Required

Units: 3.0

11-01-2021 to 12-06-2021
Units: 2.0

01-11-2022 to 02-20-2022
Units: 1.5

2. Completion Review:




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You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.


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* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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